Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • 3 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Treat your palate to authentic Turkish delicacies on this 3-hour Istanbul evening food tour. With a food-loving guide, delve into sidestreets and hidden food haunts to eat and drink like the locals do. Enjoy mouthwatering 'borek' (flaky pastry), down 'raki' (aniseed liquor), sample moreish street food and visit a 'meyhane' (tavern) to nibble on classic mezes with the early evening crowds. Learn about Istanbul’s culinary history and fads, and enjoy in-depth attention from a guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.

Meet your guide in Istanbul’s Karaköy district and ride the subway — the world’s second-oldest underground funicular — to the nearby Beyoğlu district.

Set out through the bustling backstreets, making frequent stops to sample some of Istanbul’s favorite foods and drinks. As you explore, your guide will fill you in on Turkey’s cuisine and how Istanbul, on the cusp of Europe and Asia, absorbs a plethora of culinary influences, making its food scene incredibly exciting.

Stop for some borek, a moreish pastry oozing with cheese, potatoes or meat, and enjoy some aryan, a yogurt drink that’s a big local favorite.

Join the early evening crowds in a traditional meyhane and savor meze such as patlican salatsi (eggplant purée), along with raki, Turkey’s beloved aniseed liquor. As you taste, learn about the origins of meyhanes and some of the ingredients used in Turkey's most popular dishes.

Next, sip on Turkish tea at a teahouse that was once a meeting spot for the Young Turks, the early 20th century rebels credited with helping bring multi-party democracy to the country. Then, weave through streets of food carts to try goodies such as icli kofte and midye dolma (rice-filled mussels).

Head into the historical Çiçek Passage for some Turkish delight and to try some of the delicious baklava (honey soaked pastry stuffed with nuts), cikolata (chocolate) or ice cream from the Maras region that’s much loved here.

Continue to Taksim Square and dig into Istanbul’s latest food fad — an islak or ‘wet’ burger made with tomato sauce-soaked buns.

Finish at a trendy cafe filled with street art to enjoy a perfectly brewed Turkish coffee. Your tour ends here, leaving you free to continue your explorations or travel independently back to your hotel.

Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Progressive dinner
  • Tea and coffee

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Departure Point

İETT Kayıp Eşya Bürosu, Azapkapı, Tersane Cd. No:8, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey


Departure Time

6:00 PM


Return Details

Taksim Square, Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Benedicto R

25 Sep, 2019

We had a great time with our guide, Feyza, eating our way mostly through Pera, Taksim Square/Istiklal and the Nevizade Street area. The food choices were amazing and her accompanying insights into modern life in Istanbul were very interesting as well.

Susan C

24 Jun, 2018

Atahan was a most wonderful guide to delicious street food, mezes and desserts AND an absolute delight to learn from. We were a group of 3 and he was flexible in meeting us at a location closer to our hotel, but still along his planned route. Bring an appetite and wear flat, comfortable shoes! The tour involves a lot of walking, with sufficient times to sit and regroup. My absolute favorite were the stuffed mussels made with rice, butter, olive oil and small grapes. My advice, try everything on offer! Everything he recommended was wonderful.

Adam W

26 Nov, 2016

Pricey, but a nice way to see some of the back streets and out of the way places in the Taksim/European region of Istanbul, as well as learn about some of the local food culture.

Kathy C

25 Feb, 2016

Excellent way to spend the evening. Burke was fantastic and took us to some spots I would have never found on my own. I would highly recommend.

Linda R

18 Jul, 2015

Really an excellent tour, but put on your walking shoes for this one. Well paced with wide variety of foods and eating venues from small cafés, to rooftop restaurants, and street vendors. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Only negative comment was that the initial meeting point caused some confusion as landmarks provided had changed. Once we found our guide, everything went smoothly.

User's Picture Gallery

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Stuffed mussels!

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Atahan describing the treats at our first stop

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